Childhood Studies BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

The rights, protection, health and development of children and young people are all at the forefront of policy and debate in today's society.The focus of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of these and other factors that shape children's lives from birth to 19. A key difference between this and other programmes of study is that we help you to develop your understanding from the perspective of children and young people. So if you're looking to progress into teaching, working in early years, social care, child and youth policy work and other occupations relating to children, young people and families, then this course could be for you.

You'll explore the nature of childhood and youth in contemporary society, referencing relevant social theory and research as well as drawing on current policy and practices in the field, including your own experiences. Key topics include the study of childhood through the perspectives of psychology, sociology, philosophy and educational theories, health, wellbeing and development, the protection of vulnerable children and young people, youth identities and cultures and children's rights. We'll also help you to develop as a critical thinker; able to understand and challenge current approaches and policy.

During your studies, you'll be supported to undertake a work placement. By taking part in a work placement, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your practical knowledge and help develop the skills required by employers. You'll also be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education 2016 for the sixth year running.

You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Here's what Muhammed has to say about studying Childhood Studies BA(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Development of knowledge and understanding of childhood and informal learning are central to this course. You'll have the opportunity to study core aspects of childhood and to explore essential subjects such as safeguarding children and young people, working with families and ensuring children's health and well-being. There will be opportunities for discussion and critical reflection of current policy issues and the latest research. You'll be encouraged to develop your own particular interests by choosing some option modules after Year 1.

Year 1

Core modules:

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

Self Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.

Contemporary Childhood Studies

This module explores concepts of childhood and youth and how psychology, sociology, history and philosophy contribute to understanding the experience of childhood. Assessment is typically via a practical element, based on your contribution to a class-based debate and written oursework.

Year 2 

Core modules:

Advanced Professional Practice

The programme of study will nurture your independent learning and enhance your own professionalism and practice through structured workplace learning. There will be an emphasis on you setting your own work related learning objectives, developing reflective practice and using learning agreements. Assessment for this module typically involves the development of a written assignment.

Safeguarding Children and Young People

This module will help raise your awareness of current legislation, policies and procedures which exist to promote children and young people’s rights and to keep them safe from harm. It emphasises the knowledge, skills and qualities required to work with children, young people, their families and carers and other professionals in safeguarding contexts; and critically explores broader concepts of child abuse. Assessment typically involves the completion of an oral assessment and a timed test.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include –

Philosophical Approaches to Education

This module explores the impact of different philosophical systems on the way that education is conceived and put into practice. You’ll have the opportunity to design an ideal educational system based on your own unique philosophy and representing your own values and beliefs. Coursework typically involves presenting your ideas and evaluating your system in a paper.

Developing Language and Communication for Learning

This module helps to develop your understanding of language development in children and young people, and language acquisition in adult years. You'll learn about specific forms of language development (such as second language acquisition, language impairment and dyslexia) and engage in role play activities to model the effective use of language. You'll also have the opportunity to focus on an aspect of language development of particular interest to you through written coursework and to use your creativity in designing a unique story sack.

Social Policy, Inclusion and Inequality

This module seeks to focus on differing theoretical and ideological understandings of social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of exclusion in modern British society. Assessment is typically via the design of a poster relating to a specified social concept and a written report on a specific social inclusion policy.

Working with Children and Families

This module aimsto provide those intending to work with children and young people, their parents and carers with the key knowledge and skills to work inclusively and in partnership with families in response to children’s needs in various circumstances. You'll have the opportunity to critically examine contemporary family structures and germane developments in legislation and policy including the need for interagency collaboration when intervening to meet the needs of children and young people. You'll also seek to evaluate models of partnership, methods of intervention and research related to approaches which encourage effective working and good outcomes. Assessment is typically via the development of resources for working with families.

Year 3

Core modules:

Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.

Finding a Voice (Children and Young People)

This module is designed to improve your ability to respond to the needs of children and young people to have a voice and to enhance your understanding of different definitions, theories and models of voice. You’ll investigate an area of children or young people’s voices through coursework which typically involves the development of a conference paper.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include –

Employability: Empowering Critical Practitioners

This module develops your understanding of theories and processes underpinning reflective practice in services for children and young people. Whilst enhancing your employability, a placement will serve as the foundation for your coursework. A portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the quality of your own professional practice including a personal reflective project.

Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring, thereby positively impacting upon your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. Assessment typically involves working with peers to undertake practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring sessions, and reflecting on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework.

Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the management of change in professional practice. Assessment typically involves the development of an annotated bibliography and a poster presentation.

Critical Education

This module seeks to explore the social, cultural, political and economic context of education. Assessment is typically via the development of a portfolio analysing the influences on education, a reflexive account of your own personal and professional development and an evaluation of a specific aspect of current educational practice.

Our students form an integral part of our research community and we showcase your work in an annual ‘Children's Voices' Conference that is specially designed for the Childhood Studies students. This is a unique feature of our Childhood Studies course and further information is available on our Research pages

Please note:

•  Before you enrol we ask you to confirm (from the pre-DBS check above) if there's anything which might bar you from working with children and young people. There's a further DBS check point in Year 1 (approx £44).This enables you to take full advantage of the placement options on the course. Where the check gives rise to concerns an alternative programme of study may be offered. We will also ask you to confirm your continuing suitability at the end of the first year of study.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You take a compulsory placement in your second year, with the option of a further employment module in the final year.

The compulsory placement is approximately 120 hours and commonly begins with a block week and then one day a week thereafter to be organised by you with the setting.

We can help link you with a placement setting either individually or as a member of a small group. You could gain experience in schools, children's centres, nurseries, children's services, young people's centres/community groups, in a local council, or in museum education for example. Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

Career opportunities

92% of our Childhood Studies graduates went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

This course could enable you to consider a varied range of careers in education, including teaching, early years professional and learning support roles. Previous graduates have progressed as childcare workers, primary and early years teachers and teaching assistants, special needs support roles, play therapist and social support workers.*

Upon successful completion you may also consider pursuing further study, including a PGCE or other professional Master's programmes.

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Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. 17.7% of the study time on the Childhood Studies course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc and you'll also have a personal tutor who'll be assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please also note:

•  There is a charge for the DBS check (approximately £44) at the end of Year 1/beginning of Year 2.

•  Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

•  You'll need to cover the cost of producing any resources for activities you choose to undertake during the course.As a guide, costs in recent years have been a maxiumum of £30 per year.

Further study


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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